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18th Birthday Traditions

Pauly Smith
 


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For many people the 18th birthday is the coming of age for young boys and girls all over the world. It has long been held as one of the most important birthdays because it officially starts the adulthood of the child.

The main thing that most people believe is that when a person turns 18 it is time for them to start moving towards a more adult like position in life. That is why so many people start to look towards moving out on their own when they have reached this age based milestone.

There are many long standing traditions that go along with the 18th birthday. First and foremost would be the idea of being presented with a new car. This is something that has stood for many years as most parents believe their children are responsible enough to handle a new car when they have reached 18 years.

Another common tradition is for the 18 year old to receive college tuition as a present. Most of the 18 year olds have started their last year of high school or already graduated. As such most people will even take the opportunity to visit colleges in the form of a road trip and make that part of the 18th birthday.

One thing that many would consider more appropriate is the idea of getting a party that is not hosted by parents or other adults. This is a rite of passage for many of the children that are becoming adults and is the opportunity to show trust in them.

If you are planning on the unsupervised party idea you should make sure that you are giving clear limits and boundaries for those that are attending the party. This will ensure that you are not getting into any kind of legal trouble and so on from the outcome of the party.

Many of the children that are turning 18 think that they are adults and consider taking part in adult activities to be the best thing that they can get for their birthday. One thing that many have tried in the past is holding a mock cocktail party.

In a mock cocktail party you would have drinks that would normally be made with alcohol but you are simply leaving that part out. The rest of the party would be held like a standard cocktail party.

Other ideas that you might consider include a beach party. The beach is a great place for a party, especially one that will involve teenagers. You can do many things with a beach party, including a bonfire, cookout or barbeque, ball games and standard beach games.

No matter what you do you should realize that the 18th birthday is highly important and should be treated with respect. In some cultures the 18th birthday is a time of great spiritual enlightenment and the time when young people will journey to adulthood. Spend some deciding what will be best for the 18th birthday that you are planning. This should be a personal and fun event for everyone involved.

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